Universal Adversarial Perturbations

Seyed-Mohsen Moosavi-Dezfooli, Alhussein Fawzi, Omar Fawzi, Pascal Frossard; The IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), 2017, pp. 1765-1773

Abstract


Given a state-of-the-art deep neural network classifier, we show the existence of a universal (image-agnostic) and very small perturbation vector that causes natural images to be misclassified with high probability. We propose a systematic algorithm for computing universal perturbations, and show that state-of-the-art deep neural networks are highly vulnerable to such perturbations, albeit being quasi-imperceptible to the human eye. We further empirically analyze these universal perturbations and show, in particular, that they generalize very well across neural networks. The surprising existence of universal perturbations reveals important geometric correlations among the high-dimensional decision boundary of classifiers. It further outlines potential security breaches with the existence of single directions in the input space that adversaries can possibly exploit to break a classifier on most natural images.

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[bibtex]
@InProceedings{Moosavi-Dezfooli_2017_CVPR,
author = {Moosavi-Dezfooli, Seyed-Mohsen and Fawzi, Alhussein and Fawzi, Omar and Frossard, Pascal},
title = {Universal Adversarial Perturbations},
booktitle = {The IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR)},
month = {July},
year = {2017}
}